The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK), has cautioned the public against the unprescribed use of sex-enhancing drugs.
The drugs Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil, and Avanafil drugs are commonly known as the “Blue Pill”, PSK says are being used indiscriminately and is now a cause for alarm.
PSK advised the public not to take these pills without the advice of a qualified medical practitioner and a valid prescription after some men have been found dead suspected to have used the ‘Blue Pills’.
“The use of these medicines without prior medical evaluation makes one more prone to their harmful effects,” said PSK in a statement.
The effects have been categorized from mild to moderate.
The effects include headache, nose bleeding, discomfort and pain in the upper abdomen, trouble falling and/or staying asleep, redness of the skin, diarrhea, dizziness, and skin rash.
As for the severe side effects, one is likely to experience a mild and short-lived decrease in blood pressure, vision loss, Priapism (unwanted persistent erection), and potential for cardiac risk with sexual activity in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease.
According to PSK, Patients with underlying conditions and those who are on other medications may be more at risk of the mentioned effects.
“Whilst we acknowledge these medicines have been used to effectively manage erectile dysfunction, we caution the public to refrain from accessing the medicines without a full evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription by a qualified medical practitioner,” warned PSK.
The Pharmaceutical body now urges those with valid prescriptions to obtain their medicines from only legally registered pharmacies with a prescription from a medical practitioner.
“A legally registered pharmacy must have on display a health safety code issued by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board,” added PSK.